Fuel Poverty Awareness Day: advice for people in Nottingham

Support will be available for Nottingham residents who are unable to heat their homes effectively at the national Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

The awareness day, run by the charity National  Energy Action, takes place on Friday.

Advice Nottingham, a consortium providing impartial advice regarding welfare benefits, tax credits, debt, housing, asylum and other areas of the law, will be supporting the day at three of their advice centres in Nottingham.

Centres in Bestwood, Meadows and St Ann’s will offer specific advice for people with gas or electricity arrears.

Advice Nottingham centres

Bestwood Advice Centre, 21 Gainsford Crescent, Bestwood Estate – 0115 962 6519

Clifton Advice Centre, Clifton Cornerstone, Southchurch Drive – 0115 940 5551

Meadows Advice Group, Queens Walk Community Centre, Queens Walk – 0115 986 0197

Fuel poverty is a serious issue across the UK – affecting 4.5 million households.

In Nottingham, it is estimated that almost 17,000 households are not able to afford adequate heating.

Debbie Webster, manager of St Ann’s Advice Centre, said: “We would encourage people to contact us if they are having difficulty paying for gas or electricity.

“We have successfully helped many people to have their fuel debts written off and others to get significant reductions to their debts.”

For more information about Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, visit the National Energy Action website at http://www.nea.org.uk.

The independent Home Heat Helpline also offers advice on making homes more energy efficient and bills easier to afford. They can be contacted on 0800 33 66 99.

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